Saranac Lake mayor gives retiring NCPR chief key to village

Ellen Rocco, who is retiring from North Country Public Radio, holds a plaque with a key to Saranac Lake, given by Mayor Clyde Rabideau, right. (Enterprise photo — Kevin Shea)

SARANAC LAKE — The beginning of Monday’s village board meeting began with the gifting of the key to the village to Ellen Rocco for her contribution “in making North Country Public Radio a beacon of truth, inspiration, and hope for the North Country,” according to Clyde Rabideau, village mayor.

Rabideau held a plaque with a gold key and shared a few words before handing it to Rocco, who is retiring soon. She has been with NCPR since 1980.

“It’s a huge area, the North Country, and it encompasses the Adirondacks … You’re the only medium that encompasses the whole North Country,” Rabideau said.

Rocco beamed as she was handed the plaque.

“This is so corny and cool — I love it,” Rocco said. “We consider Saranac Lake our other kind of core community.”

Rabideau said he did not know how many keys to the village had been given before, but it’s not common.

“What does it open?” Rocco asked.

“Not the front door, I hope,” said Rich Shapiro, deputy mayor and trustee.